Halloween may look different this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 6:23 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Halloween may look a lot different this year during a pandemic.

Yesterday, Los Angeles County, California said trick-or-treating and other activities are not recommended. This week, the committee for Cedar Rapids' Haunted Halloween Ball canceled this year’s event - saying they hope to bring it back next year.

We reached out to public health departments in eastern Iowa to see how things may look closer to home. Linn County says it’s treating Halloween the same as any other gathering or event with the same guidance. Dubuque County plans to have guidance for Halloween and will release it in the next week or so. Johnson County also plans to provide guidance for events like Halloween.

The CDC has not yet included COVID considerations in its Halloween safety guidance.

Balloons Etc. and the Costume Emporium in Cedar Rapids says Halloween is what supports their business year-round. Staff members are taking extra precautions, including sanitizing all masks and costumes that a customer tries on. They’re hopeful that Halloween will still happen in some capacity, especially since the pandemic has already hurt business.

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